Observations.


 I recently watched two films that for me held powerful messages and symbols. You may not agree with me and that’s okay. I will also have two more films that I think bear watching at the end of my commentary.

MALCOLM X

So extreme and so different from what I was use to, being brought up on white bread and hate. I don’t hate and so I watched. I needed to see what it was that I was missing in my life. I grew up during those times and heard the names and saw the news. Watched the Olympics and saw the hands raised in defiance and secretly was very proud. My mother being from the south, well you can guess what she thought of it. Heard how there were riots in some of the large cities and that we all had to lock our doors and look at African/Americans with suspicion. I cried when Dr King was killed as I also cried when Bobby Kennedy was killed. What was it about those times that made us who we are today and why are those sad days of race hate coming back.

 Islam. I’d never heard that before until the first gulf war and so I researched, without a computer, and found a book the, Quan, and read so when I heard about a film called Malcolm X I was curious but I didn’t go see it. I was afraid. Afraid of being the only white person in the theater and taunted out for just wanting to watch it. I know that was shameful on my part, I’m older now and really don’t care what people would think.

 Malcolm X shows me what I missed and what I so needed to know growing up. I will watch it again just because I liked it. It was well played and well done. I would suggest that you watch it too.

 

THE BUTLER

From the extreme of Malcolm X to the sedateness of The Butler. Both needed and both so poignant. As with the first film it was about a time of change in America and told from two different points of view. I cried with this film also and for the same reasons as the first. But one part made  me smile and go YEAH!. When the character was working in the hotel in the south he used a word that is so degrading that it should never be used by anyone ever again. He was slapped for saying it and I don’t like my twitter family to even use it, the word for anyone who wants to know is the N word. I so loved this sweet sad uplifting film that it is now one of grannies favorites.

Life in this country has not been as kind as it should have been for the , bare with me, nigger/negro/black/African/american But we as a people of this nation can and should change it. Yes these things did happen and they are a part of our history but they can be made better. My only worry if the frightful stand your ground laws that are being passed. This will cause the all out war that the Nation of Islam and the Black Panthers wanted. and it will be a sad cold day for us all then. 

Thank for reading this. Oh an the other two films I want you to see are The Color Purple, and To Kill A Mockingbird. Keep watching films and reading books. PEACEImageImageImageImage

Veterans Day


 Today we have been honoring out Vets, two footed and four footed. And I’ve been thinking of some of the movies that have been made of all the wars that have been fought throughout time. One of ganny’s favorites is The Battle Of Britain.

Subtle writing made for a hard film to watch if you didn’t quite get it. I was one of the lucky few that did get it.

We have the start of the WWII for those in the western part of Europe. France has been invaded by the Reich and the next target is England. But Hitler stops at the channel, why, that is one of those questions I don’t think we’ll truly ever know. Any way England is a stepping stone but they will fight and die for their country.They didn’t have many planes or pilots and so that is why the had pilots from all over the world to help them out. Ever our own General Chuck Yagger was fight there before America got involved. Betcha didn’t know that did ya. And for some odd reason  I always think that Oliver Reed was in this film but he isn’t, but he should have been This would have made a great film for him. I’m posting a link to IMDb for those that want to see a cast list, writers directors and such.

This is one of those films that is all but forgotten here because it’s not a film about Americans in the war but it needs to be remembered as a part of the history of WWII. 

My father was in that war and so I can never forget any of it and I have nothing but great respect for those that fought and died and those that fought and came back, sometimes not as whole, mentally or physically, 

We need to honor them and this is one way I know of that shows what war and dying for your country really is like. So if you get a chance watch The Battle Of Britain and make it one of your favorites. 

Pacific Rim


WOW!!!!

What a ride this film was. From beginning to end this film actually made sense. If you haven’t seen it I won’t do a spoiler. I was not sure if I wanted to watch it but once I got into it I was hooked. Normally I don’t like very much the whole alien invasion thing but this one was different. The sets where great and the choreography that the actors had to do was brilliant.

So my pick is Pacific Rim for a really great time being lost in a film. But don’t watch it just once watch it many, many times there’s always something new you didn’t see before.

True Skepticism: Conspiracy Theories, Irrational Thought, and the Scientific Method


Finally someone who makes sense.

The Cosmic Atheist

Boston Bomb Conspiracy
Photo Credit: The Skeptical Libertarian

It’s one thing for a conspiracy theorist to ignore the pain and suffering of other human beings; to use tragedy as a vehicle for the perpetuation of his own sick delusions; to dismiss logic and reason in order to concoct insane fairy tales; to irrevocably pollute public discourse with irrational nonsense, hysteria and baseless speculation; to proclaim a monopoly on all political information and opinion, to declare a position of moral and intellectual high-ground, and to incessantly criticize and belittle those who they would consider “sheeple” — all of which, no doubt, are infinitely infuriating things.

But there is nothing — and I mean nothing — that infuriates me more than when these people claim to be “true skeptics”; when they claim to be properly utilizing the scientific method; when they conflate the blind and hysterical questioning of everything with genuine investigative inquiry —…

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IronMan 3


OMG OMG OMG…….. I watched this for the first time and boy oh boy what a ride. We find Tony Stark relating tall tales to a new found friend, you’ll have to watch all the way to end of the credits to find out who. This is where Stark becomes human to us and to himself. The vulnerability is what will really stick out in the this. Tony shows his human side and this scares the shit out of him. He’s always been a smart ass and always in control, until now, and that is what scares him. In the Avengers he was close to dying and came back but changed. I was very impressed with this film. As a actor Robert Downey Jr. has been just an also ran, but I feel with a good vehicle for him to have to really stretch he will suprise us all. He was able to show some of it in IronMan 3. I for one will enjoy this film over and over again. It was fun and yes I did shed a tear or two, I such an old softy.

So for just the pure fun of it watch IronMan3 I think you’ll like the ride.